Summer necessities: the accessories edit

Christmas for many means white snow, hot chocolate and getting cosy by the fireplace. This usually isn’t the case for Australians. Christmas in Australia is all about the summer holidays; days on the beach, lying poolside, barbecues, backyard cricket and lots of sunscreen. To get you summer ready, we’ve put together our go-to guide for all the best accessories for your summer break activities. 

For her 

Sarongs: Gorgeous, comfortable, and they make it perfectly acceptable to go and buy ice cream at the beach without having to get changed out of your swimmers. This Sunseeker Sarong in Rust Print also doubles a towel, check it out at ShowPo

Statement earrings: Get pool party ready. Pair your cozzies with a pair of statement earrings, like these gold Starry Night Earrings from PepperMayo

Summer hat: You don’t have to give up style to be Sun Smart. The Ace of Something Athena Hat from HelloMolly is cool, breathable and on-trend this season.  

Sunnies: Sunglasses trends are throwing back to the nineties. Cat eyes, coloured lenses and oversized frames are in again. Shop the retro-inspired As If Sunglasses by QuayXKylie from Princess Polly.  

For him 

Caps: Keep your head cool with this Barney Cools Shark snapback hat. If you like this style, check out the rest of the headwear range at SurfStitch

Cooler bag: Perfect for days at the beach, shop the fully insulated RipCurl Cooler Esky from SurfStitch

Sports watch: This Men’s Casio G-Shock Watch from Target comes with a quartz movement, digital time display and is 200 metres water-resistant. 

Travel bag: Summer holidays means long weekends, keep all of your overnight essentials safe with the Herschel Travel Kit from Culture Kings

For bubs  

Harness covers: Suitable for prams and car seats, protect your little ones from hot buckles with the Outlook Harness Strap & Buckle Cover from Babies”R”Us.

Backyard pool: Compact and easy to set up, the Intext Sun Shade Inflatable Pool from Toys”R”Us is the perfect for young children and helps to protect them from the sun. 

Bucket hat: Finding cute hats for toddlers isn’t the hard part of the summer season… it’s getting them to keep a hat on! The Bucket Hat from Cotton On Kids is sure to be a favourite; it’s comfortable, reversible and ties up under the chin to keep it in place. 

Car shade: Keep the car cool with the Brica Sun Shade from Toys”R”Us; it has opti-view mesh which blocks out the sun, but not the driver’s view.   

For kids

Hooded towel: Keep your little one warm and dry after swim time with these fun Kids Hooded Beach Towels from Cotton On.

Inflatables: For hours of fun in the pool, check out these Large Pool Floats from Cotton On, they come in a bunch of cool character styles. 

Swim bag: Keep all of the kids’ stuff safe, dry and organised with Personalised Swim Bags from Tiny Me; these custom bags are water resistant and durable - perfect for days at the pool. 

Rashies: Cute and Sun Smart! Rash vests keep your kids protected from the sun and the surf. There are a range of styles available to suit your kids’ personalities. Check out the Roxy Whole Hearted Short Sleeve Rash Vest and the Rip Curl Wave Short Sleeve Rash Vest to see which design your kids would love the most – theses and many more are available from SurfStitch. 

For the whole family to enjoy at beach

Towels: Cotton On has a range of Round Towels that come in a whopping 22 different prints. Made from thick cotton, they’re perfect for using at the beach. 

Speaker: Listen to music, podcasts or even Christmas Carols while you relax on the beach with the waterproof Wonderboom Portable Bluetooth Speaker from Harvey Norman

Games: Get active with some beach footy and tennis. Shop the Wahu range from Toys”R”Us and Watermelon Beach Bats from ShowPo. 

For the outdoors 

BBQ necessity: These BBQ Clongs from Dreamfarm are the latest in tong technology; complete with click-lock design, sausage spike and cutter and more, get a snag on the barbie in style. What more could you possibly want from a pair of tongs?

Picnic basket: Heading to the park, beach or pools for the day? Keep all your snacks fresh and cool in summer with this Expandable Cooler Bag from Myer. 

Drink bottle: Being sun smart isn’t just about protecting your skin - stay hydrated all day with the 1L Metal Drink Bottle from Cotton On. 

Sports: When the cricket on TV finishes, take the competition to the backyard with the Wahu Cricket Set from Toys”R”Us. 

Please note that items were in-stock at the time of publishing. Please check product details with the retailer before purchasing.